Top U.S. States in Crude Oil Production 2018

Name the 10 leading crude oil producing states for the year 2018 per Energy Information Administration data
There was one change to the top 10 listed states in 2018.
Excludes federal offshore production
% = change since 2013
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Last updated: October 28, 2019
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Barrels/day
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State
4,408,000
+ 73
Texas
1,264,000
+ 48
North Dakota
682,000
+ 142
New Mexico
550,000
+ 62
Oklahoma
487,000
+ 159
Colorado
479,000
- 7
Alaska
463,000
- 15
California
241,000
+ 39
Wyoming
134,000
- 32
Louisiana
102,000
+ 6
Utah
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Level 81
Feb 5, 2015
Pennsylvania was #1 at one point. Had to teach the history of oil drilling as part of the curriculum at Aramco...
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Level 59
Feb 5, 2015
I'm guessing it was supplanted by Texas before 1920.
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Level 59
Feb 7, 2015
Currently in 19th place.
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Level 59
Oct 29, 2016
Still 19th for 2015 at 19,000 bpd.
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Level 59
Mar 15, 2018
Up one place to 18th in 2017, producing 18,000 bpd.
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Level 70
May 23, 2018
I, too, guessed Pennsylvania. Interesting how times change. If you go to the source govt website, you can see history for each state since 1981. Very interesting.

I live in one of the states with basically no oil...it's fascinating how even neighboring states can be so wildly disparate in their mineral resources, e.g. North and South Dakota.

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Level 70
May 17, 2018
Not sarcastic here, fracking is a wonderful technology that creates a lot of cheap energy and is a net positive effect on the environment to the extent that it replaces dirtier sources like coal!
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Level 68
May 17, 2018
It is choosing between pest and cholera. However, fracking has unambiguously a devasting impact on the environment: just because it keeps the oil price low and delays the end of the fossil era.
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Level 70
May 18, 2018
Exactly, we should rather ban oil and start using only wind and solar. Effectively reducing our energy output by 90% and returning with our life standards to the good ol' 1700s, no bother that the poor masses of the world would suffer the most. Oil is bad!
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Level 59
Sep 17, 2020
Actually, replacing all energy with only wind and solar is quite bad for the environment. Not only are the maximum efficiencies very low for both of these technologies, the batteries they require only store a little power, are made with several rare earth metals and require the digging up of billions of tons of earth in often protected areas that have continued to remain undisturbed thus far. Not only this, but solar takes up large amounts of water, further stressing water resources, and both of these kill large numbers of birds, endangering many species further. While oil does in fact cause carbon dioxide and methane to the atmosphere, many scientists still argue over how much of an impact this actually has, since water vapor is the most common and impactful greenhouse gas, and both carbon dioxide and methane account for relatively little compared to it.
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Level 84
May 18, 2018
Yeh it's great; if you like your tap water to be flammable.
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Level 81
Jul 12, 2018
And earthquakes and polluted aquifers.
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Level ∞
Oct 27, 2019
Fracking has done a lot to reduce U.S. emissions because it has reduced the price of natural gas and made coal plants less attractive. Not only does coal create more CO2 emissions than natural gas, pollution from burning coal is responsible for thousands of deaths each year (estimates are as high as 300,000 globally). In the current situation, we are better off with fracking than without it.
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Level ∞
Oct 27, 2019
That said, with a combination of solar and nuclear power we could do away with fracking AND coal.
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Level 59
May 24, 2018
How in hell did I start this diatribe with an innocent quiz!?
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Level 82
Jul 16, 2018
Welcome to the internet.
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Level 71
Jul 16, 2018
*Welcome to Jetpunk, the intellectual, censored version of the internet. I'd rather have it here than anywhere else.
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Level 65
Jul 16, 2018
Yeah, it's actually nice to have most people on this site argue with facts backing their claims.
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Level 65
Feb 6, 2019
I mean... it's a nice change of debating about "in which continent does this island belongs?"
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Level ∞
Oct 27, 2019
Cyprus is in Africa!